Title: City of Ashes - The Mortal Instruments (Book Two) (Amazon)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release date: March 25th 2008
Pages: 464 pages
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father? (from author's website)
City of Ashes is the second book in The Mortal Instruments series and let me tell you, this book does not disappoint. There was so much action and so many twists I didn’t want to put it down. It was an absolute rollercoaster ride.
I loved that the characters developed so much more and we learn so much more about them. I really enjoyed that there was a lot more focus on Simon because he is one of my favorite characters. I think it’s great they found a way for him to become a part of Clary’s new world. All of the characters are so complex. There isn’t just one side to them. They feel like realistic people.
We also get to find out more about Luke and the werewolves and even meet Maia, a new character. We learn more about the vampires and their transition and we also get a little insight into the faerie world as well.
The dialogue is probably one of the best parts of the book. There is so much quick witted banter between all of the characters, Jace and Simon especially. I wonder if those two will ever truly get along.
Overall I think this one was far better than City of Bones. I was completely captivated from beginning to end. The story was so incredibly well written. I absolutely LOVED this book and would highly recommend it to anyone!
Missy's Rating - 5/5